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Tiie loss of this material obliged him to take op an entirely

different subject for his Ph.D. research after leaving Bobbili la

1968 to join as lecturer in the College which had then come up at

Amaravati, his native place.

Thirdly, the Planning Forum conducted a socio-economic

survey - - a benchmark - - of Gadabas during the same period. la

conducting this survey, Sri D. R. Patnaik and Sri K. Sreerama

Murthy, both Lecturers in Economics, were assisted by student

volunteers. The report thus prepared was typed by Sri A, Dhanoa

Rao ^ho is now the Manager of the College Office. All the

material and the typed script were unfortunately destroyed as

waste psper a }ear after Sri D. R. Patnaik left the College to join


Thus both the research projects, completed In 1566 67,

ended in disaster by ^hat is usually called an cent per cent 4tact

of God".

However, undaunted by dicissitudes, Sri Siibba Rao has

succeeded in writing his grammar of Gadaba language mhicli a

plonnering effort in linguistics.

The sociological and economic parameters of Gadaba

culture have been presented here OB the basis of field survey

conducted by me in December 1991 with the help of Principal

Sri Chelikani Chella Rao, N.S.S. Programme Officers, and student-


It is hoped that these brief notes and the few photographs

will stimulate more comprehensive research by academic bodies.

The Gadabas of Raja Cfaenivu Valasa are a "lost people".

They left their original home in the deep rapines of the Eastern

Ghats three centuries ago when the newly formed Bobbili Kingdom

offered employment as palanquin-bearers to Pala Anguni and

others. The Raja gave them 100 acres of land for cultivation.

Three or four Gadaba families set up their residences in a small

village of their own. The Gadabas used to do service as